At Christmas time, we all love to be with our family, drinking hot chocolate while watching a Christmas film, with the Christmas tree decorated, by the fire. 
This year, it will be difficult for a lot of us, as we’ll be away from our families, some of you may be having to spend the holiday alone this year. 
 
How to Spend Christmas Alone 
If you are able to bring some spirit of Christmas into your home, cutting some winter foliage from a garden or walking in nature will bring the winter world into your space, and if you have any decorations to add, that might be a nice traditional touch. If you have WiFi and the technology to do so, you could video chat your family! Send any e-cards and messages to your loved ones to wish them a Merry Christmas. 
If you are still feeling lonely and want people to talk to, remember you are not alone this Christmas. Here are some links to help you through Christmas if you feel isolated: www.oversurgery.nhs.uk/do-you-need-support-from-a-nhs-volunteer-responder/ www.nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk/services www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/ 
 
A Mires Beck Christmas 
At Mires Beck in past years, we have had fun having discos with our service users and putting on pantomimes with them. This year, it has been lonely for us and our service users, as we haven’t been able to have them on site. 
To us, Christmas is about being with our families and loved ones. Our service users also miss working with us at this time, as they would usually help us make the decorations and ornaments for our Christmas shop (closing Thursday 17th December). Our dedicated volunteers have worked so hard to produce all of the amazing ornaments and decorations for our Christmas shop this year, while we haven’t had the help of our service users. This year, we have made a Christmas video for our service users, where the staff and volunteers (Zoe, Chris and Josie) are doing funny dances, having snowball fights, and wearing silly hats! This was to show the service users that while they are isolated without us or their friends, they are not alone, and we are always thinking about them. 
We hope that in the new year of 2021, that we will get back to the normality where our service users can come back on site and help us again. 
You can help us to upgrade and expand the facilities we have at Mires Beck, to allow our service users to come back and help us in this difficult time of COVID-19 by donating on our Just Giving website: www.justgiving.com/miresbecknursery
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